Nancy Nowacek is an artist, designer, and educator whose work is rooted in the ecology of the everyday: the processes, codes, and habits of life. Her practice is focused on the uses of the body as relates to work, architecture and the practice of space.
Expanding beyond exercise to the grammars of architecture, engineering and labor systems, she aims to challenge and reshape the contemporary body schema. Her work examines the relationship between late capital post-industrial time sense and body sense, where anatomy has been surpassed by man-made machines as useful—or valuable—technology. She makes sculpture, performance, and drawings that collapse thinking into doing; and to reinstate the body’s relevance: as functioning object, tool, channel for experience and site of imagination.
Nancy has a longstanding history in collaboration, education and large-scale projects. She has taught graduate design courses at Parsons the New School for Design, Pratt Institute and New York University. She has also directed summer camps, workshops, and professional development programs in collaboration with the Institute of Play.
Nancy is currently a fellow as a part of Eyebeam Atelier’s ‘On The Move’ program, and has been named “One to Watch” by Smack Mellon Arts. Previous residencies include the prestigious Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Space Program in DUMBO, Recess’ Session at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, the Swing Space residency sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council on Governors Island, and Montalvo in California. She has shown in New York, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Canada, and Europe.